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Online Copyright Resources


Copyright Basics and History
TIMELINE: A History of Copyright in the United States
Amy Masciola, for the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Washington, DC
CONFU Conference on Fair Use
Association of Research Libraries, Washington, DC
The University of Texas (UT) System Crash Course in Copyright
Offsite links - A wealth of really good information is available online.
Learning Module: What Chemists Need to Know about Copyright
Presented by the American Chemical Society Joint Board/
Council Committee on Copyrights
Copyright Clearance Center
From "About:" Copyright Clearance Center, Inc., provides licensing systems for the reproduction and distribution of copyrighted materials in print and electronic formats throughout the world.
Copyright Clearance Center Links to Copyright-Related Web Sites
Copyright Central, a resource for educators, is sponsored by the Association of Educational Publishers.
The History of Copyright: A Critical Overview With Source Texts in Five Languages
Karl-Erik Tallmo, in press, Nisus Publishing.
Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
EFF "Intellectual Property Online: Patent, Trademark, Copyright" Archive
Lists files, subdirectories, on and off-site links.
The Digital Dilemma: Intellectual Property in the Information Age
Computer Science and Telecommunications Board
National Academies Press

Laws and Regulating Bodies
U.S. Copyright Office
Copyright Legislation (proposed and enacted)
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
WIPO Copyright Treaty

Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)

Also available in PDF file
Digital Millennium Copyright Act (text)
Digital Millennium Copyright Act Study
Complying with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act
UT System Copyright Crash Course
Report to Congress: Study Examining 17 U.S.C. Sections 109 and 117
Pursuant to Section 104 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act
(March 2001)
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce
Rulemaking on Exemptions from Prohibition on Circumvention of Technological Measures that Control Access to Copyrighted Works
Library of Congress (abandond link 4/2011)
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act
Highlights of New Copyright Provision Establishing Limitation of Liability for Online Service Providers
American Library Association, Washington Office
Digital Millennium Copyright Act Guide (2002
Current Issues: The Digital Millennium Copyright Act
EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association whose mission is "to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology."
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL)
Primer On The Digital Millennium
Lutzker, A.L. for the Association of Research Libraries, Washington, DC
EFF "Intellectual Property - Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)" Archive.
Lists files, subdirectories, on and off-site links.
EFF Unintended Consequences: Four Years under the DMCA
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act
UCLA Online Institute for Cyberspace Law and Policy
Selected Papers by Pamela Samuelson
Then select:Anti-Circumvention Rules Threaten Science
293 Science 2028 (Sep 14, 2001)

New Copyright Law for Distance Education: The Meaning and Importance of the Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization (TEACH) Act
American Library Association, Washington Office
The TEACH Act Finally Becomes Law
UT System Copyright Crash Course (abondand link 4/2011)
The TEACH Toolkit
An online resource for understanding copyright and distance education.
A joint project of the North Carolina State University Libraries, Office of Legal Affairs, and DELTA
Text of the TEACH Act

Resources for Distance Education (including fair use)
Educational Fair Use Guidelines For Distance Learning
UT System Copyright Crash Course
Copyright Law in Cyberspace
UT System Copyright Crash Course (ababdond link 4/2011)
Intellectual Property and Copyright
Distance Education Clearinghouse
(University of Wisconsin Extension, its partners and other U.W. institutions.)
American Distance Education Consortium (ADEC) is "an international consortium of state and land grant institutions providing economic distance education programs and services via appropriate information technologies."
ADEC: Fair Use Guidelines for Educational Multimedia
The full text of guidelines from the Consortium of College and University Media Centers advising professors and students on acceptable uses of multimedia materials for educational purposes that would not infringe on owners' copyrights. (Posted October 16, 1996)
ADEC: Intellectual Property & Copyright Resource Collection
ADEC: On-Line Resources
U.S. Copyright Office: Copyright and Digital Distance Education
United States Distance Learning Association
United States Distance Learning Association
Ed at a distance. February 2001 Vol. 15: No. 2
Intellectual Property and Copyright Issue

Resources for Open Access to Online Scholarship
Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Washington, DC
Issues in Scholarly Communication: "Open Access"
In early 2002, an ARL task force recommended that ARL's long-term goal in the area of intellectual property be to promote "open access to quality information in support of learning and scholarship."
The Case for Institutional Repositories: A SPARC Position Paper
Raym Crow, Senior Consultant, Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)
AERA SIG Communication of Research
Electronic Journals in the Field of Education: electronic journals that are scholarly, peer-reviewed, full text and accessible without cost.
The Berkeley Electronic Press (Bepress) was founded by academics to address the inefficiencies that characterize the current scholarly publishing model. Bepress publishes free online scholarly journals that are usually peer-reviewed and leaves copyright in the hands of authors.
BioMed Central is an independent publishing house committed to providing immediate free access to peer-reviewed biomedical research. All the original research articles in journals published by BioMed Central are immediately and permanently available online without charge or any other barriers to access. Authors who publish original research articles in journals published by BioMed Central retain copyright over their work.
The Budapest Open Access Initiative resulted from a meeting convened in Budapest by the Open Society Institute (OSI) on December 1-2, 2001. The purpose of the meeting was to accelerate progress in the international effort to make research articles in all academic fields freely available on the internet. An old tradition and a new technology (the Internet) have converged to make possible an unprecedented public good. The old tradition is the willingness of scientists and scholars to publish the fruits of their research in scholarly journals without payment, for the sake of inquiry and knowledge.
Copyownsm is a resource on copyright ownership for the higher education community. Based at the University of Maryland; focuses on institutions that are members of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Association of American Universities (AAU).
Create Change: "A resource for faculty and librarian action to reclaim scholarly communication." Sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of College and Research Libraries (a division of the American Library Association), and SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) with support from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. is dedicated to opening access to the refereed research literature online through author/institution self-archiving.
Free Online Scholarship Newsletter: How the Internet is transforming scholarly research and publication. Editor, Peter Suber. The primary purpose of the newsletter is to share news and discussion on the migration of print scholarship to the Internet and efforts to make it available to readers free of charge.
Guide to the Free Online Scholarship Movement, Peter Suber. A guide to the terminology, acronyms, initiatives, standards, technologies, and players in the free online scholarship (FOS) movement.
Google search: Free Online Journals
Open Archives Initiative "develops and promotes interoperability standards that aim to facilitate the efficient dissemination of content. The Open Archives Initiative has its roots in an effort to enhance access to e-print archives as a means of increasing the availability of scholarly communication." (from Organization: Mission Statement)
"The Public Library of Science (PLoS) is a non-profit organization of scientists committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a public resource." Archives/Free_Access_Online_Archives
Top: Science: Publications: Archives:
Free Access Electronic Archives (59) for the scientific domain. Electronic Archives listed in this category provide free and unrestricted access to peer reviewed scientific papers and academic publications.
Top: Science: Publications: Journals:
Free Access Electronic Journals (18) for the scientific domain. Electronic Journals listed in this category provide free and unrestricted access to peer reviewed articles.

Discussion and Opinion Sources
Commonwealth of Learning (COL) is "an intergovernmental organization created by Commonwealth Heads of Government to encourage the development and sharing of open learning/distance education knowledge, resources and technologies." Copyright and the Web Virtual conference was held February 10 - 28, 2003
Stephen Downes' Web Search Results: Copyright and Patent Issues
NOW with Bill Moyers, Copyright in America on PBS, 1-17-03
In Depth Transcript: Tollbooths on the Digital Highway
10 Big Myths about copyright explained
Brad Templeton, Chairman of Board of the Electronic Frontier Foundation
Digital Future Coalition
From About the DFC: "The Digital Future Coalition (DFC) is committed to striking an appropriate balance in law and public policy between protecting intellectual property and affording public access to it."
The Creative Commons "is devoted to expanding the range of creative work available for others to build upon and share."


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